White House Honors Gay Councilman From Cincinnati

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File photo of the White House's West Wing. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cincinnati’s first openly gay city council member is among elected or appointed officials being honored by the White House in a program named for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.

Councilman Chris Seelbach is one of 10 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender officials being recognized Wednesday at the White House for their commitment to equality and public service.

The event honoring those officials as “Harvey Milk Champions of Change” falls on the birthday of Milk, a former San Francisco city supervisor. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Medal of Freedom in 2009, praising his leadership and courage in running for office.

In Cincinnati, Seelbach has led efforts to extend equal partner health insurance to all city employees and create an LGBT liaison in the police and fire departments.

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